CORAL REEF CONSERVATION PROGRAM
CORAL REEFS are
some of the oldest and
most economically and
ecosystems in the world,
yet they face a number
pollution, .\,ici li, i.r
climate change and
coral bleaching, coral
overuse and misuse,
and lack of public
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and sound science to
preserve, sustain and
restore valuable coral
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PROTECTING OUR NATION'S CORAL REEFS
T o address the complex nature of the threats that face
coral reef ecosystems, the Coral Reef Conservation
Program (CRCP) brings together expertise from across NOAA
for a multidisciplinary approach to understanding and managing
coral reef ecosystems. This partnership includes more than 30
offices from NOAA's National Ocean Service, National Marine
Fisheries Service, Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research
and National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information
Service. The CRCP also facilitates and supports many partnerships
with scientific, private, government and nongovernmental groups
at local, state, federal and international levels.
The CRCP serves as the Secretariat for the U.S. Coral Reef Task
Force (Task Force), which was established in June 1998 by
Presidential Executive Order. Through the coordinated efforts
of its members, including 12 federal agencies and 7 states and
territories, NOAA and the Task Force have helped build and lead
lead U.S. efforts to protect, restore and sustainably use the
nation's valuable coral reef ecosystems.
As co-chair of the Task Force, and as directed by the Coral Reef
Conservation Act of 2000 (CRCA), NOAA has the responsibility
and expertise to help conserve coral reef ecosystems for future
generations. To this end, the CRCP works with its partners to
conduct coral reef mapping, monitoring and assessment, natural
and socioeconomic research and modeling, outreach and
education, and management and stewardship activities.
WHAT DOES NOAA DO TO PROTECT REEFS?
The CRCP addresses the priorities and mandates laid out by the Coral Reef Conservation Act and the nation's major
blueprints for reef conservation: the National Action Plan to Conserve Coral Reefs and the National Coral Reef Action
Strategy. The CRCP focuses on priority areas where NOAA has expertise and the ability to address key threats to reefs
directly or through the work of partner organizations. NOAA's activities include:
Assessing and characterizing U.S. coral reefs ;'. ,., i.;'
mapping and monitoring
Reducing impacts of coastal uses like land development,
tourism and marine commerce
Reducing the adverse impacts of fishing
Reducing the impacts of pollution from land and water
Researching the causes of and ii;,i.., I responses to coral
Improving the use and ii; i,,, of marine protected
Reducing international threats to coral reefs
Reducing the impacts of climate change on coral reefs,
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Researching deep-sea coral ecosystems
Increasing public awareness; ., ,,;' outreach and
-c ,ic,, .', .1 research and management of the Marine
C(oordi,,atilr three Coral ReefResearch Institutes
and related programs
Coordiartlu two grant programs with seven categories
WHERE DOES NOAA CARRY OUT CORAL REEF CONSERVATION ACTIVITIES?
The CRCP supports coral reef conservation in the 7 U.S. states, territories, and U.S. federal waters where coral reefs are
found. In the U.S. Pacific region, this includes American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands,
Guam and Hawaii, and includes Florida,
Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands
NW Hawaiian Islands
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FOR MORE INFORMATION...
For the latest news on NOAA's coral reef activities, information on funding opportunities, as well as background information
on coral reefs and tips on things you can do to help protect reefs, visit the CRCP website at http://coralreef.noaa.gov.
Public access to NOAA's coral reef data, products, and publications is available through the NOAA Coral Reef Information
System (CoRIS) at http://coris.noaa.gov. CoRIS is a single point of access to NOAA coral reef information and data
products, and provides access to resources like informational essays, aerial photos, coral bleaching reports, management
guides, scientific reports, an extensive illustrated glossary, professional exchanges and additional information on NOAA's
efforts to understand, manage and protect coral reef ecosystems.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION
1305 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910
phone: 301-713-3155 fax: 301-713-4389 e-mail: email@example.com http://coralreef.noaa.gov